How to get the Polio vaccine for children aged 1 to 9

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All children aged 1 to 9 years need to have a dose of polio vaccine. For some children this may be an extra dose of polio vaccine, on top of their routine vaccinations. In other children it may just bring them up to date with their routine vaccinations.

There are signs the virus may be spreading and boosting immunity in children should help protect them and reduce the risk of the virus continuing to spread.

If your child is aged 1 to 4 years old your GP will call you to arrange a polio vaccination. You can have any older siblings vaccinated at the same time.

If you live in Bexley and your child is aged 5 to 9 years, you can get the polio booster vaccine at the following pharmacies:

Belvedere Pharmacy, 11 Picardy Street, Belvedere, DA17 5QQ

When: Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm, Saturday 10am to 2pm

Who for: children aged 5 to 9 years

How to book: Walk in or call 020 8311 4087

Aspire Pharmacy, 23 High Street, Sidcup, DA14 6EQ

When: From Friday 23 September on Monday to Saturday, 8.30am to 7pm, Sunday, 11am to 4pm.

How to book: Walk in or call 020 8300 2008

If you have questions about the polio vaccine you can watch the following video in which experts from the Society for British Immunology answer those asked most often by parents and carers.